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Halloween Party Ideas That Will Save You Time and Stress

Is that Halloween party you are planning sneaking up on you? Are you wracking your brain for easy ways to make it festive and fun? If so, check out these fast and simple decorations, treats and activities that will wow your guests.

Light up your porch, steps, walkway and more with mason jar luminaries. You can find cases of different size mason jars at many stores like Walmart. You will also need some Mod Podge, orange and black tissue paper and some coordinating ribbon or raffia.


Just coat the jar with the Mod Podge and stick on the orange tissue paper, press firmly to adhere it to the jar. Let a bit stick up on the top and tie with ribbon or raffia. When that is dry, cut out bats, witch’s hats, moons, cats and other Halloween shapes. Use Mod Podge to stick the shapes on top of the orange paper. Add a battery operated LED tea light and admire.


The mason jar luminaries look great staggered with Jack-O-Lanterns. You don’t have to spend hours cutting intricate stencils on your pumpkins. Even very simple Jack-O-Lanterns will look awesome lit with battery operated candles.


 You can make candy and caramel apples a day ahead and then arrange them on a 3-Step Server like this one from B.Smith available at Bed Bath and Beyond. The stand features 3 white porcelain trays that rest on a black metal stand creating a tiered appearance that will look great on your buffet table.




One way to keep the kids entertained is to show a short movie. The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, is one everyone will be excited to watch. For movie treats, fill a clear, plastic glove with miniature candies and tie with a ribbon. The candy hands are super-fast and easy to make but they will leave a lasting impression on your guests.



You can order the movie and gloves on Amazon and even pick up large bags of candy too! With everything conveniently shipped to your door, you will love the time you save.

Pick up a large Halloween Spider Pinata at Target. Fill it with candy and then let the kids take turns hitting it while blindfolded.


It is an exciting activity that kids love. If you do this toward the end of the party, you can give the kids empty treat bags to collect the candy in when it breaks. How great is that? Treat bags they fill themselves and take home when they leave will make your life so much easier!


I hope these ideas inspired you and have shown you that you can use shortcuts to cut time and stress out of your Halloween Party prep.